The aptly titled Two is the second album by Dan Vapid and the Cheats. Dan Vapid (Dan Schaefer) who is also known as Sewercap (and is formerly from Generation Waste, Screeching Weasel, The Methadones, The Riverdales, The Queers, Sludgeworth, and Noise By Numbers), sings for his new band along with guitarist Simon Lamb (from Screeching Weasel and the Riverdales), Rick Uncapher (Noise By Numbers, Textbook, Woolworthy) on bass, and drummer Mike Soucy (also from The Methadones). This album is the follow up to a self-titled album recorded in October 2011. The band has also released a one-song split with Masked Intruder and a seven-inch split with Jetty Boys. Two is now available on the band’s own label, Torture Chamber Records. The band offered the CD on limited press vinyl editions and signed copies of the album with shirts and coozies, but these packages quickly sold out. The bands’ line-up changed after Mike Byrne left the band last year before Riot Fest. The band performed as a threesome for a while, then Lamb changed from bassist to guitar and Uncapher joined on bass in January. Two was released in July with the new lineup.
Two follows along in the same sweet pop style of many of Vapid’s other projects. Has the man ever disappointed? The lyrics have the same feel as the first album, which is very angst fueled, but lyrics like “Baby get over yourself,” from the first album have evolved to “I don’t need you fucking it up for me.” The lyrics have become more poignant and less chant-filled, but the band has more sweet, soft ballads and less power driven tracks than the first album.
The album is amazing, another brilliant effort by Vapid. Tracks like “Cold and Rainy Days” and “A Long Way” got stuck in my head more than a few times while reviewing it. Fans of The Queers, Screeching Weasel, and other similar bands should immediately make this purchase; you will not be disappointed. Vapid seems to get better with age and is still someone to watch out for. I’m looking forward to what this band can produce in the future.
Two was released on July 30 and can be streamed/purchased HERE.